Al-Attabi joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures after receiving his PhD in comparative literature from Brown University. In addition to directing the Arabic program at Kenyon, he teaches language and literature classes.
Al-Attabi is a scholar of modern Arabic literature. His research spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the Arab Middle East, focusing on the intersection of politics and literary and cultural production. He is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Commitment as Traveling Theory: Politics in Modern Arabic Literature,” which studies the dialectical relationship between aesthetics and politics in the Arabic literary discourse during the second half of the twentieth century. In addition, Al-Attabi is working on editing and translating into English a volume of colloquial Iraqi poetry.
Al-Attabi has translated three books into Arabic. His translation of George Yule’s textbook Pragmatics (Oxford University Press, 1996) appeared in 2010, and his forthcoming co-translation of A Companion to Translation Studies (Multilingual Matters, 2007) is currently in press.
Al-Attabi is also a soccer historian, and he wrote two books (in Arabic) on soccer. His authoritative Buṭūlāt Kaʾs al-ʿĀlam bi-Kurat al-Qadam: al-Taʾrīkh al-Kāmil (World Cup: The Complete History) appeared in 2007 (second updated edition forthcoming in 2019).
Areas of Expertise
Modern Arabic literature; contemporary Iraqi literature; world literature; nationalism and literature; literary and cultural theory; and translation studies.
2017 — Doctor of Philosophy from Brown University
2014 — Master of Arts from Brown University
2006 — Master of Arts from al-Mustansiriyya Univ, Irq